Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman on Lars Veldwijk’s future

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Lars Veldwijk will stay at Nottingham Forest, says manager Dougie Freedman.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has told BBC Radio Nottingham that Lars Veldwijk will remain at the club if he is ready to accept that he will not be guaranteed a regular place in the starting line-up.

Veldwijk joined Forest from Dutch club from Excelsior in the summer of 2014 on a three-year contract, as reported by BBC Sport.

Much was expected of the 23-year-old Dutch striker when he arrived at the City Ground, but he struggled to make an impact this season.

The former Utrecht man could make only 11 appearances in the Championship, scoring none and creating three chances in the process.

Veldwijk had a pass accuracy of 74% and neither of his two efforts was on goal in those games.

The 2014 summer signing has been largely a disappointment at Forest, but Freedman has suggested that he will be part of his team next season.

“Lars is under contract here and I was told he was one for the future,” the Scot told BBC Radio Nottingham. “The future is later on.

“If Lars can handle a situation where he is not playing as much as he would like to, then he stays. If he doesn’t then, he is moved on. It’s as simple as that."

With Forest under a transfer embargo at the moment, they will have to move on a number of players, but it seems that Veldwijk will not be sold - unless he is not happy and wants to leave.

Freedman’s side finished 14th in the Championship this season with 59 points from 46 matches.

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